School Street Designs

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A School Streets s a road near a school where car access is restricted during drop-off and pick-up times to encourage children and parents to walk, cycle and scoot. By reducing the number of cars on the roads around schools, it reduces air pollution, makes streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists and supports a green recovery following restrictions brought in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The concept is spreading across the world — from London and Paris to the small city of Tirana in Albania, which has a population of only 1.7 million. Despite the differing contexts of these projects, they all share key elements: bold leadership by local elected leaders, collaboration between many stakeholders, and the commitment to build school streets into a long-term solution.

Sustainable School Street Design: Paving the Way for Greener Communities

While some cities restrict access to cars only during hectic arrival and departure times, others permanently convert roadways with bollards, paint, pavings and seats. In the UK, air-quality sensors show that school streets significantly reduce nitrogen dioxide levels.

The first step in launching an Open Street is to talk with your community, both inside and outside of the school, and understand what their concerns are. Where possible, host in-person events to allow people to discuss their questions and concerns. Ensure that your communications are accessible to all communities by including them in multiple languages, and consider hosting meetings with any businesses directly impacted by the timed road closures. You may also want to talk to your custodial staff about their responsibilities for trash removal on the school street.

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